Mother’s Day is this weekend and my sweet three are always fretting about they didn’t go out and purchase. Moms are simple, a hug, a kiss and an “I love you”, goes so much further than a trip to the store. I am not sure why they feel as they do since I have always been very clear with them what it is I really want for my “Special Day.”
We mom’s really aren’t that difficult to please.
As mother’s, we really aren’t that difficult to please. An occasional “yes mom” instead of “but mmmooooommmmm” or how about “okay mom, that sounds great!” instead of the extremely exaggerated eye roll and whisper under the breath “yeah, great.” One awesome day of positive responses and I would be good until the next Mother’s Day. It is amazing what brings tears to our eyes. A hand made card with mom drawn with a Sharpie and words that only the creator can read. A rose made from tissues, a silhouette of their hands on construction paper. I don’t believe there are store bought gifts out there that can replace these gifts that moms lovingly placed in memory boxes.
As my children mature, I do understand it is important to their self-esteem they “bring something to the table” — so to speak. I thought I would throw out two suggestions just in case any of you are looking for ideas for your mom or if you are a mom wanting to throw ideas at your children. Since you are reading a blog about food I’m just going to assume your family enjoys cooking.
Herb Pots ~ It’s a simple idea, great for the kitchen and can be grown indoors or out. Small flower pots can be customized with paint, a flower, a color or even the chalkboard paint so that you or the kids can label your herbs with ease. The herbs can be purchased as starters or seeds and a few pots, packs of seeds, potting soil, small rake and a pair of gardening gloves can really make an excellent gift basket.
Cookbook – The kids can circle or tag with personalized sticky notes the recipes they want to help make along side mom in the kitchen or outdoors on the grill. I’d recommend you take a look at one of the 4 cookbooks offered by Char-Broil.
These recipes were developed and/or adopted by Char-Broil Chief Grilling Officer, Barry ‘CB’ Martin with additional contributions by many of the Char-Broil All-Stars. The recipes describe in simple language every step of the process without dumbing it down for the reader. The recipes are excellent, photographs exquisite and the overall tone of the cookbooks is friendly.
Most important, give your mom a hug and tell her you love her because really that’s all we need. ~ Karie
Karie Engels is a free-lance lifestyle food writer living and working in the Pacific NW. She is also a mom who I asked to share some thoughts about gifts for mom.